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Summer Reading – Part 5

Our summer reading series continues.  The first part of the entry contains information from a few more incoming students and a list of recent posts from faculty and current students follows.

New Students to Follow or Read

Anna Edgerton (Incoming MIA, dual degree with Journalism)

Twitter: @AnnaEdge4

Recently published on the World Policy Journal website Full project:

My article:

Aly Jiwani (Incoming MIA)

Pakistan’s Brewing Sectarian War (Foreign Policy Magazine)

Wendy Lee (Degree Program: Dual Degree MPA from LSE)

Twitter: @wleerpcv

Personal Blog:

Peace Corps Blog:

Aarti Ramachandran (Incoming MIA) 

I blog for the Foreign Policy Association on topics related to India.

Other Reading Opportunities – SIPA Faculty and Students

The Bad, the Bad-ass, the Badassilisks: A final project by Emiko Araki, Julia Charavoine, Feng Feng and Jennifer Wilmore in Craig Duff’s multiplatform storytelling course.

Hassan Abbas was interviewed by the Council on Foreign Relations: “A Low in Cycle of U.S.-Pakistan Ties.” He also blogs at the Asia Society and Watandost.

John Lyman guest-posts on “Pakistan-U.S. Relations Going Forward” at The Morningside Post, SIPA’s student-run blog.

Steven Cohen: “The Return of Drill, Baby, Drill” at The Huffington Post.

Gary Sick analyzes President Obama’s speech on the Middle East at his blog Gary’s Choices.

Rebecca Wexler (MIA ’11) writes, “Amateur Aid Causes Trouble in Haiti” at Writing About War, Thanassis Cambanis’ graduate seminar blog.

Polly Cleveland writes, “From Public Meat Markets to Derivatives Markets” at Dollars & Sense.

Stuart Gottlieb comments on the announcements by Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump at The Arena, Politico’s daily debate with policymakers and opinion shapers.

Howard Friedman writes, “Discrimination in Plain View: Walking out of a Restaurant” at The Huffington Post.

Michelle Chahine (MIA ’12) and a few SIPA students try to define “ambition” at her blog First Generation.

John Mutter talks about “Growing a Better Bike” at OnEarth.


Summer Reading – Part 3

I mentioned earlier this week that I was interested in getting incoming students to connect via the Web.  One aspect of this is Facebook and I did indeed get a response letting me know that a Facebook Group is out there for you to join.  Here is what you need to know to join if you are an incoming student and you have a Facebook account:

To request to join the Facebook  group Columbia SIPA- MPA MIA MDP 2011, log in to Facebook and enter the group name is the search bar.  The group will then appear for you to click on.   In order to guarantee the privacy of the group, find the administrator (Maria Cecilia Ramirez) and send her a private message with the user name and password you use to access SIPA Welcome Page – hint, this information is listed in your admission letter.

We also received our first few submissions of ways to connect/read outside of the world of Facebook.  Once again, if you are an incoming student that will be starting classes in September and want to give people the ability to read or follow you, send an email with your name, degree program, and blog/Twitter/web addresses where you can be found to with the title – Summer Reading.

Submitted Follow Information

Pablo Alfaro (Incoming MPA) Twitter Account: @pfalfaro (in Spanish)

Rafael Merchan (Incoming MPA-DP) Blog:

Summer Reading – Part 2

On Monday I posted some resources for possible summer reading.  The resources revolved around faculty, alumni, and current student writings posted on the web.  I was riding my bike to work this morning and got the idea that it would be fun to do a similar thing for those joining us in the fall.  I know from reading applications that many admitted applicants have a web or digital presence that others might be interested in.

So the point of this entry is to solicit reading resources from recently admitted students.  This could also turn into a great way to get to know those you will be taking classes with in the fall.  Another way is to see pictures from those you will be joining and the summer photo series is also on the horizon so stay tuned for details.

If you Tweet, Blog, write for a web site or can be followed in some way on the web and wish to share links, Twitter names, etc. with fellow incoming students, we want to hear from you. If you are an incoming student that will be starting classes in September and want to give people the ability to read or follow you, send an email with the following to with the title – Summer Reading.

  • Your full name
  • Your degree program (MIA, MPA, or MPA-DP)
  • Any of the following – Twitter account, Blog address, links where you have been published, web sites you champion or support

The information you submit will be posted on this blog for public consumption.

Another avenue is of course Facebook (but Facebook cannot be accessed by everyone) and it is likely that a Facebook page has already been started by some incoming student.  If a Facebook page has indeed been created, someone please send us an email letting us know and I will post to the blog for easy consumption.  An email can be sent to with the title “Facebook” and you can include the group name for us to pass on.


SIPA Media Notes

It is not uncommon for SIPA faculty to be featured in the media.  Here is a recent compilation of some appearances.


Steven Cohen asks “Can Obama Get His Sputnik Moment?”
CNN, January 26, 2011
“By recalling the challenge of Sputnik, the president is trying to summon America to a national effort to retool and revitalize our economy. America brings great resources and great difficulties to this newly competitive environment.”

Jeffrey Sachs gives State of the Union address a “thumbs down”
Wall Street Journal, January 26, 2011
“Professor Sachs … says the numbers won’t add up. That’s because [education, infrastructure and basic research] already take up a large chunk of the more than $600 billion of nondefense discretionary spending undertaken by the government.”

Dorian Warren provides commentary on State of the Union address
NY1, January 25, 2011 (Windows Media Player)

“I think it was a very good speech. I think he was drawing from the Tucson speech where he came across as post-partisan, as willing to reach across the aisle as unifier, that he defined the ‘we’ as a nation.”

Helios Herrera discusses the State of the Union address

Rede TV, January 26, 2011 (Portuguese)

“Obama’s proposed budget cuts will not be enough to cut the whole budget deficit and the Republicans might repeal them for that reason. The climate of bipartisanship at the speech will not change overall the political game. The republicans will do what is possible to make sure Obama does not get reelected in 2012.”

William Eimicke previews State of the Union address
WNYC, January 25, 2011
“Professor Eimicke said the president needs to get more specific. He’d especially like to hear more about the president’s plans for improving the nation’s infrastructure to help boost the economy and create jobs.”

Anya Schiffrin examines “Davos and the Gender Quota”
The Guardian, January 25, 2011
“The air is thin in Davos, and every January it gets saturated with testosterone as economic and business leaders swoop in for the annual meeting, momentarily replacing the resort town’s sea of ski parkas with a cloud of black suits. But we didn’t know how bad things were until it was reported that sponsors of the meeting have been told to make sure they bring one woman for every four men in their delegation.”

David Dinkins discusses his legacy as the first black NYC mayor
, January 24, 2011
“Sometimes you will feel criticism is inaccurate and unfair. And sometimes you might feel, you know, you’ve got a point.”

William Eimicke presents the Picker Center’s police consolidation report to the City of Schenectady, NY
Albany Times-Union, January 25, 2011
“You’re spending less on rent, you’re spending less on technology, you’re spending less on equipment.”

Joseph Stiglitz comments from the World Economic Forum in Davos
Washington Post, January 24, 2011
“’If you work in emerging markets, you feel the energy. If you are in the U.S. or Europe, you see the numbers and it’s hard not to feel depressed.’”

Scott Barrett comments on Bill Gates’ donation to polio eradication
Associated Press, January 24, 2011
“Professor Barrett said if the World’s Health Organization’s next polio deadline is missed, it may be time to abandon the efforts  ‘Eradication cannot continue indefinitely. The situation is very fragile and at some point the alternative needs to be examined more carefully.’”

Diane Vaughan addresses NASA and the Challenger disaster, 25 years later
Orlando Sentinel, January 23, 2011
“Professor Vaughan, who researched NASA’s culture after Challenger and Columbia, says NASA has taken a different approach after Columbia: ‘Look at the recent attempts to launch Discovery and how long they’ve stood down for that. It doesn’t mean they [NASA engineers] are doing poorly. It means they identified a flaw and are taking safety seriously.’”

Gary Sick writes, “While You Were Reading About Ukrainian Nurses…”
Foreign Policy, January 19, 2011
“Real news was buried in WikiLeaks — like this revealing cable on Iran’s nuclear ambitions.”

Patricia Gorman Clifford discusses “What Do Business Schools Want?”
Washington Post, January 24, 2011
“The fact you are realistically evaluating your current skill set is a great place to begin. Some prospective students are so focused on gaining admission that they don’t think enough about managing the hard work and specific types of tasks that they’ll be expected to complete as a student.”

Jeffrey Sachs discusses the outlook for the European debt crisis
Bloomberg TV, January 18, 2011
Professor Sachs talks about the outlook for the European debt crisis, the economic growth outlook for Africa, the impact of globalization on U.S. society, and climate change.

Dorian Warren on Walmart and New York City
WNYC, January 18, 2011
“They waited until the political opportunity was much more advantageous for them in the sense of an economic recession. It’s muted some of the opponents’ claims about how Walmart will be bad for certain neighborhoods precisely because it’s hard to say we don’t want jobs Walmart would create.”

Joseph Stiglitz discusses “unsustainable imbalances” in emerging nations
El Mercurio de Valparaíso, January 16, 2011 (Spanish)
Professor Stiglitz visited Santiago, Chile to share his reflections on “unsustainable imbalances” in capital inflow with Columbia University graduates and former World Bank officials.

Arvind Panagariya comments on Indian growth and poverty
Times of India, January 14, 2011
In delivering the Raj Krishna Memorial lecture at the University of Rajasthan, Professor Panagariya said, “India’s economy is growing at over 12 percent in dollar terms. It’s $1.3 trillion economy can reach the size of China’s  $6 trillion in 15 years if it continues to grow at the current pace.”

Anya Schiffrin is blogging from the World Economic Forum at ReutersDavos Notebook. Read her latest “The Deepest Fear of the Davos Man.”

Howard Friedman blogs for The Huffington Post. Read his latest: “What Would Dr. King Think of Today’s Poverty?”

John Mutter was featured on TreeHugger in an article entitled, “Brooklyn’s Bamboo Bikes Hitting the Big Time in Ghana.”

Anne Nelson posted “Vietnam Fighting a Losing Battle Against Free Speech Online” at PBS’s  MediaShift blog.

Rodolfo de la Garza blogs for WNYC. Read his latest post, “The Case for Nonpartisan Redistricting.”

Gary Sick blogs at Read his comments on “And Life Goes On: An Iran Snapshot.”

Steven Cohen blogs regularly for The Huffington Post. Read his latest post: “Civility is More Than Symbolism.”

Stuart Gottlieb comments regularly on The Arena, Politico’s daily debate with policymakers and opinion shapers.

The Morningside Post Announces/Celebrates Launch of New Site

Students at SIPA have their own blog, The Morningside Post (TMP), and have recently completed a redesign of the site.  If you are prospective student who lives in the New York city area and you wish to attend a launch party please see below for details.  The following comes from SIPA student Kristen Coco.  There will even be a raffle for an iPhone and the first drink is on the TMP crew!

Community blog for Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs features student, alumni and faculty voices utilizing Web 2.0 technology.

The Morningside Post, the community blog for the School of International and Public Affairs, welcomes prospective students to attend its launch party on Monday, February 23, 2009, right here in the Morningside Heights neighborhood. The student managed site features unique perspectives from nearly 100 SIPA students, faculty and alumni and is read in more than 100 countries around the globe. You’ll have the chance to check out the enhanced features of the new site, find out about our collaboration with The Huffington Post and win a new iPhone in the raffle giveaway (raffle at 8:30 p.m.).

Enhanced features of the website include video recordings of notable speakers at SIPA; subscription services to posts according to author, region, and topic; RSS feeds; links to SIPA News; and space for student groups to post their own stories and events. TMP will also be cross posting content with dozens of other blogs that feature perspectives on international affairs, including The Huffington Post.

Established in 2004, The Morningside has become a leading blog among graduate schools of international affairs and public policy in the United States, featuring intellectually curious and passionate bloggers, as well as readers from the SIPA community and throughout the world. Columbia professors including David Epstein, Andrew Gelman, Brigitte Nacos, Sharyn O’Halloran, Jagdish Bhagwati, Anya Schiffrin, Thomas Lansner, Thomas Glaisyer, and Tanya Domi have provided their expert opinions on issues ranging from globalization and trade in the developing world to human rights and political development.

The Morningside Post has also teamed with partners of the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN), including Sciences Po Paris, the London School of Economics and Political Science and the National University of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, to expand the global reach of student perspectives associated with SIPA. Student bloggers through GPPN hail from more than 10 countries, including the United Kingdom, France, Singapore, Germany, Mexico, Japan, Russia, India, Switzerland, Canada and Brazil.

Recently, select student bloggers in GPPN schools participated in a live blog session facilitated by The Morningside Post on Election Day, offering opinions and analysis for the election’s implications in their respective countries. Additional participating schools included The Hertie School of Governance (HSoG) in Berlin, University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP), Fundação Getulio Vargas, Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo (FGV-EAESP ), Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) in Mexico City and The Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University)

So come on out, meet the bloggers behind the posts, and learn more about the innovation in international affairs that’s taking place right here at SIPA!

What:               TMP Launch Party

When:              Monday, February 23, 7 – 10 p.m. (raffle at 8:30)

Where:             Village Pourhouse982 Amsterdam Avenue,         between 108th and 109th Streets


"The most global public policy school, where an international community of students and faculty address world challenges."

—Merit E. Janow, Dean, SIPA, Professor of Practice, International and Economic Law and International Affairs

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